Providence Pain Symposium

Pain Care Across the Continuum:
Engaging Patients through Trans-disciplinary Care

December 8-9, 2017 | Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
This course is open to providence employees only

This symposium will focus on biopsychosocially-oriented treatment skills, team development, communication and care-planning; and provide information on medications, tapers and harm-reduction essential in this time of an opioid crisis. There will also be a focus on the skills needed to change the conversation and help guide our patients towards self-empowerment and engagement in their active lives.

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JoAnna Mullett

Dates offered:

December 08, 2017 Friday 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Two-day event; also meets December 9, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center - Souther Auditorium
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Course Objectives

This course is open to Providence employees only.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access current interdisciplinary pain care resources at Providence Oregon and understand the future of integrated pain care.
  • Utilize new techniques for communication and values clarification derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and motivational interviewing.
  • Learn updated information on pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain treatment.

Target Audience

This course will benefit physicians, behavioral health professionals, nurses, case managers, health resilience specialists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants and speech language pathologists.



Register online using the link above or the form below.

Registration Fee:

The cost to register is $200 for physicians; $25 for all other medical professionals (thanks to a grant from the Providence Portland Medical Foundation). Your registration fee covers refreshments Friday, continental breakfast Saturday, lunch and course certificate. Course materials will be provided online for download.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by November 15. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.


Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Hours:

This course will qualify for 10.5 continuing education hours for pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists in Oregon. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #9069, for 10.5 contact hours.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

Registration Form:

Course Outline

Friday, December 8

12:30 p.m. Registration
 1 p.m. Introduction & Welcome
Shorin Nemeth, DO and Nora Stern, MSPT
 1:30 p.m. Case presentation, concept of creating resilience
Being patient centered and trauma informed
Motivational interviewing, pain education and communication
Jeri Turgesen, PsyD
 2:30 p.m. Break
 2:45 p.m. Increasing resilience with diet and lifestyle
Loch Chandler, ND
 3:45 p.m. Mindfulness and Pain
Carolyn McManus, MSPT, MA
 4:45 p.m. Closing
 5 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, December 9

 8 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

Special Topics

 8:30 a.m. Moving on with it: Treating the patient with persistent pain in rehab
TJ Melville, MPT
 9 a.m. Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Caroline MacCallum, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine), BSc Pharm
10 a.m. General pain medication update game show
Shorin Nemeth, DO and Ruben Halperin, MD
10:30 a.m. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for All
Jeri Turgesen, PsyD
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1
  1. Use of Graded Motor Imagery in Treatment of Complex Pain
    Anne Huffington-Carroll, PT
  2. Medications to treat opioid addiction: what they are, why we need them, and how to use them
    Jessica Gregg, MD, PhD, MS and Amanda Wojtusik, PharmD, BCPS
  3. A value-driven life with pain
    Ryan Dix, PsyD
12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
 1:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
  1. Mindful movement and pain
    Carolyn McManus, MSPT, MA
  2. Normalizing conversations about medication agreements
    Shorin Nemeth, DO and Ruben Halperin, MD
  3. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Across Disciplines
    Vanessa Casillas, PsyD
 2:30 p.m. Break
 2:45 p.m. Creating resilience while living with complex pain: a conversation with a patient: Learning from a patient’s experience
Patient volunteer
 3:15 p.m. Break
 3:15 p.m. Creating team-based care through trans-disciplinary communication
Shorin Nemeth, DO and Nora Stern, MSPT
 4:30 p.m. Questions and Discussion
 4:45 p.m. Adjourn